Wasilla cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
Cost of living index121133100
Goods & Services index121119100
Groceries index123128100
Health care index138143100
Housing index122135100
Transportation index124146100
Utilities index109159100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Wasilla, AK is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Wasilla, AK enjoy a cost of living index of 121. This index is 9% lower than the Alaska average, and 21% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Wasilla, AK, the average cost of goods and services is 2% higher than it is in Alaska, and it is 21% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Wasilla is 9% lower than the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Wasilla is 21% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wasilla is 22% higher than the national average.
  • Alaska general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Alaska state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Use the salary calculator to compare your current income in Wasilla, AK to any other city in the country. The calculator will tell you how much income you would need to make in a particular city to live at the same level based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to move to is higher than that of Wasilla, AK, then you would need to earn a higher salary in order to enjoy the same standard of living. To use the Wasilla, AK salary calculator, enter the name of the new city, then move the slider to your current salary level. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if your salary would need to increase or decrease for the new city. You will also see a complete overview of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Wasilla, AK, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Wasilla, AK has a median income of about $85,250 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,989 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $33,697. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $786 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Alaska Sales Tax

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Alaska Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Wasilla, AK is the Alaska sales tax and Alaska income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Alaska sales tax rate is 0% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Alaska income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemWasillaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.20$14.5931.6%
Beauty Salon $51.20$34.6847.6%
Toothpaste $2.93$2.4718.5%
Shampoo $1.25$1.0222.3%
Movie $10.83$9.879.7%
Bowling $4.56$4.393.8%


ItemWasillaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.27$4.4817.7%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.461.8%
Milk $2.37$2.360.6%
Potatoes $4.59$3.0649.9%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.75$8.6312.9%

Health Care

ItemWasillaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $182.40$99.7882.8%
Doctor $169.40$105.0361.3%
Dentist $127.80$88.7044.1%
Ibuprofen $9.20$9.412.3%
Lipitor $310.51$298.504.0%


ItemWasillaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $224,200.00$175,700.0027.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,842.82$1,081.0370.5%
Apartment Rent $994.00$920.008.0%


ItemWasillaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.79$2.0933.3%
Tire Balancing $44.30$45.292.2%


ItemWasillaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$203.76$170.8019.3%
Phone $27.01$28.264.4%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Houston, AK2,05811313%
Palmer, AK6,25011616%
Buffalo Soapstone, AK87811717%
Knik River, AK69011717%
Meadow Lakes, AK7,13911919%
Wasilla, AK8,40612121%

Cities with similar population

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Tecumseh, MI8,40788-12%
Plymouth, WI8,40897-3%
Wyoming, OH8,40411414%
Hanover, NH8,41114545%
Kulpsville, PA8,40112424%
Wasilla, AK8,40612121%
Source: The Wasilla, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.